Krejcir assault case referred to IPID

The police watch dog will now look into claims that Krejcir was electrocuted and suffocated.

FILE: Police watch dog IPID is set to look into claims that Radovan Krejcir was tortured with a Taser gun and a plastic bag following his arrest. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's office has confirmed that torture allegations made by Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir have been referred to the Ipid for investigation.

The Czech fugitive was allegedly taken to an isolated rural area where he was hand cuffed, forced to his knees, suffocated and electrocuted in order to make some sort of a confession.

Phiyega's spokesperson Solomon Makgale says, "We are aware of the allegations. We have noted that a case of common assault was opened and Mr Radovan Krejcir is the complainant.

"That matter, like we do with any other complaint against the police, will be handed over to Ipid."

Krejcir is expected to appear in court in Alberton on Monday alongside his associate and will face charges of kidnapping and attempted murder.

Earlier on Sunday the office of the police minister said Krejcir's arrest took long because of their intensive police investigation.

The Police Ministry's Zweli Mnisi says, "The matter took longer for an arrest to be made because when police conduct an investigation they have to follow each lead to ensure that by the time they make an arrest, they have a watertight case.

"We have to consider all that. In the end, justice will be served."